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BPD establishes curfew in city

The Bogalusa Police Department has also established a curfew for the city, according to a post made Wednesday afternoon on the BPD’s Facebook page.

The post states:

“A MESSAGE TO THE CITIZENS OF BOGALUSA

“As of today, April 1st, Washington Parish has 39 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and two deaths. However, only 209 tests have been performed. Our neighboring parishes reported 270 cases in St. Tammany Parish, and 33 cases in Tangipahoa Parish. There are over 6,400 confirmed cases statewide. Unfortunately, we expect, based on all available information and the current daily upward trend, that the numbers will continue to rise for a time. We encourage our citizens to continue to use all mitigation strategies put out by the C.D.C., follow advice and guidelines from Government officials, stay informed, and let’s do all that we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Social distancing, no large gatherings, hand washing, etc. will work if we all work together.

“In order to do all that we can to help stop the spread of the Corona virus and keep our residents safe, the City of Bogalusa is announcing a citywide curfew, which will go into effect tonight. The curfew is in place from 9 pm until 5 am, and is in effect until further notice. Businesses deemed essential, as well as employees deemed essential, are exempt from the curfew if travelling to and from work. Some essential businesses who may be closed to the public, still have employees at work during the night time hours.

“The Bogalusa Police Department will begin enforcement of the curfew beginning at 9 pm tonight, April 1st. We ask the cooperation and support of our citizens for the safety of our community in this fight against the virus.

“We understand that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office will also be implementing a parish wide 9 pm to 5 am curfew beginning tonight.”